Friday, October 31, 2008

blue waters 2

blue waters2
6 by 9 inch watercolor. This painting was painted as a way to teach beginning painters how to apply paint in the correct way.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008


This abstract is from my weekly escape mode, no expectation no subject, just pure color, texture, shape and form.

I have to get a tooth pulled today and I'm not looking forward to it. Especially since I could have prevented it. I'm one of those people that avoid going to the dentist. I knew I had a cavity but I didn't realize it had gone under my crown and was actually much worse than I had realized.

Tuesday, October 28, 2008


This is one of my koi his name is Caravaggio, he is a beautiful white Koi with yellow markings. Unlike his name sake he is the sweetest koi in the pond. I name all my Koi after artists. I don't really know which ones are males and which ones are females.

Saturday, October 25, 2008


This piece was a commissioned piece and I only have a few more finishing touches and it will be ready to send off to its happy owners.

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Large work in progress


If you have been wondering where I've been.... as you can see from this photo ( my husband was actually taking a picture of the puppy but since I was painting I'm in the pic too...)
I've been working on a very large oil painting. This is just in the second stage and is going well. You can see it a little better on my other blog... In this photo,the colors are more true but in the photo on the other blog the painting has sunlight striking the surface from an overhead skylight which makes it difficult to see the true color because of the refractive nature of Oil paint when wet. so I guess you have to see both one to see the colors and one to see the entire painting. I will continue to work on this and post updates.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Murray's Mountain

I named this painting after my father in law, Murray Goddard. Its an 8 by 10 acrylic on masonite. The masonite is gessoed and has GAC 100 painted on the surface to create a perfect barrier between the wood and the paint. This will help make sure it does not yellow in years to come. Of course it isn't varnished but if it were it would definitely yellow over time because varnish doesn't age as well as acrylic paint...but then it could be restored as so many paintings have been over the years.

Thursday, October 09, 2008

Canadian Geese

9 by 12, watercolor on paper $100.00 I added a bit of exagerated color to this piece and I like the dreamy quality,it lends to the piece.

Wednesday, October 08, 2008

Tuesday, October 07, 2008

Lake Wylie Fall

15 by 22 watercolor on paper.

Busy busy busy. This light and easy painting is very relaxing and I hope it brings a moment of relaxation to you.

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Fall Leaves

Acrylic on ampersand 8 by 10 75.00

This monocromatic painting is done in a deductive or (negative painting) manner. This is where you paint the entire board with the colors you wish, in this case the mid value, then pull out the lights while also adding the dark. Sometimes you’ll put in some darks and pull out the item either to mid value or to light value. This painting was completed as an exercise we did at Wild Acres. Our instructor was Phil Garett ( SC “Golden” Rep) . We were using the long awaited for… “OPEN” acrylics. Since this technique takes some time to finish, its the perfect opportunity to try these slow drying paints.

You might like to try this little exercise… You don’t have to do anything to the ampersand board it comes ready to go. We went outside and picked up items like flowers or seed pods and used it as a bit of inspiration. I chose leaves because I love fall leaves and always try to paint some each year.

“Negative” painting just means you paint around the object your trying to depict rather than painting the object directly. Usually by using value and color counterpoint to create the illusion of the object. It’s frequenly a technique one does in watercolor and it can be very challenging for some folks because they have to think in terms of whats needed in the background to form the Foreground ampersand a lot but this was also a chance for those folks who don’t paint on this medium to give it a try. If I could afford it, I paint many of my paintings on the stuff. Its fast easy and consistent. It comes in all sizes and can be framed very much likie an oil painting. Of course you can frame it under glass if you wish and they look great either way.

Wednesday, October 01, 2008

California Hills

8 by 10 ” Acrylic on Ampersand. $50.00 This little painting was something I painted from my imagination because at times I miss the foothills which surrounds the San Joaquin valley where I grew up. My favorite landscape is a flat farm like valley surrounded by rolling hills and back a bit further, tall mountains. This painting doesn’t have the tall mountains but the rolling hills are very beautiful just the same. The hills just seemed to jut out of the valley floor as if pushed up by magic. I lived in a place called Centersville for several years and it looked very much like this. Outside my living room window I would see foothills and often beautiful horses or cows grazing on the flat valley ground which would be covered in green grass and wild flowers. Across the street I could see acres and acres of orange and avocado trees. The sun filtering thru wind swept clouds shining down on the crops growing in rows which followed the contours of the land. It looked like a painting waiting to be painted.